Immerse your senses in an experience that combines nature, technology and art. Twenty-four speakers placed throughout the trail envelopes guests in music that blends with natural sounds of the forest. Please observe one-way traffic signs.

Nature is full of music when you take a moment to listen. Hear the wind shushing in the trees, listen to the birds singing back and forth, pick up the buzzing of insect wings flapping faster than you could ever imagine. Enjoy the symphony of music made by nature and man. As you walk along this trail loop, let your senses lead the way.

A Soundtrack for Winter

Wild Lights features a 5-piece composition created specifically for Forest Music.

“Winter” by Whatever Penny is a 5 song instrumental collection that focuses on winter in the traditional sense. Commissioned by the Wild Center, “Winter” was composed specifically for their Forest Music exhibit. Arranged across a quarter mile trail for 24 different speakers, this wintertime collection of songs is designed to invoke the solitude, wonder, and introspection that comes with being outside in the woods on a still evening.

With glittering textures scattered throughout, these pieces might mirror the shimmering spectacle of snowflakes cascading from a grey sky, or settle in a hymn-like familiarity with stately progressions evocative of a carol. Some, with harmonies as warm as a cup of hot chocolate, kindle the image of a quiet evening by the fireplace, while others, in their gentle simplicity, summon an atmosphere reminiscent of the vastness of a snow-covered forest, inviting the mind to wander as the listener would throughout the trail. As the music guides listeners on a physical journey, let it also set the stage for reflection as a long and complicated year concludes: as winter sets in we hibernate, we contemplate and observe this cycle ending, but in this end there is beauty, in so many things–in being together, being alone, and in the rebirth it promises.

Special thanks to Franklin Hansen and Emily Ta who wrote “Snow,” and to Tim Segado for mixing/producing the entire album.

Credits

– Solstice, Marzanna, Borealis, and Apricity written by Eric Sturr
– Snow written by Franklin Hansen and Emily Ta
– All tracks mixed by Tim Segado
– Photograph by Richard Sturr
– Artwork by Sean O’Kane